Saturday, February 11, 2017

February 11 - Nehemiah 3

Today's reading in our daily plan is Nehemiah 3. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • This chapter describes the people who helped Nehemiah rebuild the gates and walls and the order at which they set out to do so. 
  • The chapter names a lot of leaders and families who stepped in to do the work necessary to rebuild the city.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • It can sometimes be mind numbing to read about all these hard to pronounce names in a land far away.  But it is important to remember these were real people, who really existed, and were really trying to do the right thing.  
  • The leaders of these construction projects were ordinary people who had other jobs (as described in the passage).  Some were goldsmiths, some were priests, some were politicians, but they were all a part of the effort because they realized they were all in this together.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • We need to remember that, though our time on earth is brief, what we do can last a very long time.  These people lived 2500+ years ago and we are still reading about them today.  What do you want to be remembered for?
  • Sometimes God is going to call us to do things that seem uncomfortable or we seem unqualified to do.  God doesn't always pick the person to do the work that seems most likely, but he always comes through for those that rely on him.  
  • Are you finding ways to serve God in all that you do?  In what ways is he calling you to be stretched?  Can you have the faith to rely on him to come through for you?